Did you know that unlike adults , babies don’t sleep is not very deep. And not only do babies take longer time to go to sleep , they also have more vulnerable periods for nightwaking. If your a parent , you would ofcourse love if to have your baby to sleep at long hours at night.

Good sleeping is very important in babies because it is very essential for growth, good immune system, faster learning, sharper memory, cardiovascular health, better hormonal functions (insulin resistance) and a healthy body metabolism.

Other healthy benefits of Good Baby Sleep:

* Essential hormones for muscle growth and recovery are released during sleep.
* Release of Growth Hormones during sleep
– Fats are easily burned and converted to muscle
– Ligaments and tendons are strengthened
– Protein synthesis is being enhanced

Disadvantages of Poor Sleep in babies :

* Significant performance impairment happens with poor sleepers
* Higher risks of mood and behavioral disorders
* Poorer academic performance
* poor sleep affects all aspect of babies’ physical emotional cognitive and social development

Here are Some Routines to Help Babies get that Good Night Sleep

Bath – Set the tone of your bedtime routine with a nice warm bath or even a simple ´punas´. The warmth of the water, coupled with your gentle, lathering touch will soothe baby, while giving you a moment of light play. Once you´ve established this as a regular nighttime routine, the bath will signal your baby that she´s on her way to bed.

Massage – Turn up some relaxing music and get baby in the mood for a soothing massage. Lay her down on a comfortable flat surface. Spread Baby Lotion on your palms then stroke her with a gentle, downward motion. You can vary your motions by tracing letters of endearments like “I Love You” on her belly.

This will not only get your baby ready for sleep, infant massage or Touch Therapy also has clinically proven benefits and has been shown to contribute to healthy weight gain, improve babies´ immunity and make them calm then when they are irritable.

Quiet Activities – Now is the time for some quiet moments with your baby. This is the perfect moment for you and your baby to share your most intimate moments while you hush her to sleep.

Read your baby a bedtime story and let rhyme and rhythm hush her to sleep. You can also spend this quiet time talking softly to your baby, or singing a lullaby. Your voice, familiar to her from birth, will cradle her into dreamland.

Additional tips:

* Create a routine by doing the same things in the same order every night. Creating a pattern will help your baby recognize a pre-sleep routine.
* Make sure the lights are low and dim. You want your baby to recognize that when it’s dark, it’s time to sleep.
* Your baby should learn that once in bed, no matter how pleasant the bedtime routine has been, that it’s time to sleep. Allow some time for fussing.

Remember that what works for one baby might not produce same results with another. Calm, loving persistence and repetition will be the basic building blocks for developing your newborn’s regular sleeping patterns that will relax her and let both of you start sleeping like a baby.


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